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Islands of the West Med


Rome, Italy



6 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Rome Pre-Cruise - Vatican City Tour w/Transfer to Yacht
You will depart from the Ambasciatori Hotel on an interesting tour to discover the beauty of the enchanting Vatican City and the worldwide famous Vatican Museums. Within the small, independent state of the Vatican City there is an exceptional collection of artwork from every era. Accompanied by your English speaking Guide, collect your audioguide and visit the Vatican Museums and the impressive Michelangelo’s  masterpieces housed in the Sistine Chapel. Walk to the splendid and awe-inspiring  St. Peter’s Basilica,  the largest church in the world. Before returning  to your coach you will also pass across the magnificent St. Peter’s Square.  

Please note: This tour will occur the day of embarkation and terminate at the pier so it is suggested you bring a snack with you.  There is a strict dress code at the Museum and the Basilica. Women can wear trousers, capri pants and skirts and dresses are permitted, however they cannot be shorter than knee length and shoulders must be covered.  In very hot weather a shawl or large scarf/Pashmina can be draped around the shoulders for visiting the sites.  Bare shoulders, shorts, and short skirts are not permitted.  Men can wear long pants and at least short sleeves. No shorts, t-shirts without sleeves or baseball caps inside the churches. Large bags, backpacks and metal or pointed items are not allowed.  Pope Frances has declared 2016 as the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  This means there may be extraordinary closures often communicated with very little advance notice. The order of sites visited may be adjusted anytime and without prior notice for security reasons. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica may close without prior notice. Should this happen we will provide free time instead.  

price $159
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3 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Rome Pre-Cruise Orientation Tour
This tour is perfect for those who would like to visit Rome but do not feel like walking the cobblestone streets. You will meet the local guide at Hotel Ambasciatori and board a coach for Rome to start the tour with  Via Veneto, which became popular in the 1960s as the heart of the “Dolce Vita” of Fellini’s Cinema, Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, the monumental square surrounded by four sets of 284 columns on 88 pillars. It is the masterwork of Bernini and welcomes pilgrims  to the largest temple in Christianity. The dome was designed by Michelangelo.  Your tour will continue to the Ostiense Gate,right next to the amazing Pyramid of Caio Cestio, built in 12 B.C., and the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest spa in ancient Rome.  Then you will head to the Circus Maximus, which could welcome 320,000 spectators who watched chariot races there. Pass by the Colosseum, constructed in only 8 years, where over 70,000 spectators could take a seat and leave the building in only a few minutes through its 80 entries. Your tour also includes The dome of the basilica was designed by Michelangelo. Your drive will continue to St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls, where you will have free time to explore on your own. The coach will wait for you in the vicinity to return you to the hotel.

Please note: This tour is booked one day prior to embarkation and will start and terminate at the hotel .  There are 3-4 steps to enter and exit the coach and a few steps in St. Paul’s Basilica. 


price $79
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Portoferraio, Italy



3 HRS

Strenuous

biking

watersports

outdoors

wildlife
Portoferraio, Bike and Kayak Elba Island
Nature Lovers, don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover the beauties of Elba on our Bike & Kayak tour! The tour starts with a scenic bicycle ride on a paved road from Portoferraio to Enfola on the North coast of the island; the views are breath taking and the vegetation is particularly luxuriant. Upon arrival, you will have some free time to relax at a picturesque café, or on the beach. After a short briefing, you will board your kayak and follow the coastline. The waters are crystal clear and you will be able to get a close look at the impressive underwater scenery teeming with marine life. Enchanting bays and secret beaches make this tour an absolutely unforgettable experience. 

Please note:  The tour does not require any particular physical training, but suits active people. You will cover 4 miles by bike (approximately 45 minutes, up to 197 feet above sea level) and you will cover 1.5 miles by kayak (approximately 90 minutes). 


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

wine

culture

sightseeing
Portoferraio, Countryside Drive & Wine Tasting
Combine a visit to the enchanting village of Porto Azzuro with wine tasting at a vineyard once frequented by Emperor Napoleon. After leaving the busy capital of Portoferraio, your 30-minute drive will feature magnificent views of Lacona and Laconella Bays as well as Golfo Stella as you pass rocky beaches and high cliffs. Ahead lies Porto Azzuro, which boasts an ancient medieval fortress and picturesque fisherman’s harbor. You will have free time to browse among its many tempting shops. Back aboard the coach you will continue to the Azienda Agricola La Chiusa estate, whose vineyard directly overlooks Portoferraio. This estate hosted Napoleon Bonaparte on two separate occasions. As the vineyard prides itself on quality over quantity, its vines are always pruned very short. During your 1½-hour stay there will be an explanation of wine production at the farmhouse before you will have the opportunity to sample the extra virgin olive oil and taste the wine. After enjoying time at leisure you will take the 30-minute return drive to your yacht at Portoferraio.    

Please note: The Azienda Agricola La Chiuse is not wheelchair accessible. 

price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Portoferraio, Elba Island and Napoleon Summer House
Emperor Napoleon was exiled on the island of Elba for 300 days beginning in May 1814. Take a look at that fascinating bygone era on this tour that will include one of his two island residences. You will visit his  country residence (Villa San Martino).   Visiting the Villa San Martino country home you will see the Room of the Doves, whose ceiling is adorned with a painting depicting two doves linked by a knotted ribbon that tightens as they fly further away. By way of contrast, the Egyptian Room has a circular ceiling painting featuring a ring of Zodiac signs. You will see expansive views of the Mediterranean as you tour around the island getting lovely vistas you cannot see from the port.  You will stop at the picturesque Porto Azzuro, one of the most pleasant seaside areas you’ll ever see.  You will have free time in Porto Azzuro perhaps enjoying an espresso, a gelato or strolling the pedestrian paths or the harbor.  

Please note:  At Villa dei Mulini there is an uphill walk of 900 feet along cobbled and uneven surfaces to reach this villa. At Villa San Martino there is an uphill walk of 900 feet along a smooth surface to reach this villa. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. As temperatures can be high, guests are advised to bring along a hat and bottled water. Layered clothing is suggested due to unpredictable rainstorms. 


price $89
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Porto-Vecchio, France



3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

sightseeing
Porto Vecchio, Bonifaccio Scenic Sights & Little Train
Capture the essential sights of the medieval city of Bonifacio on foot and aboard a mini train. Whether approached from east or west, Bonifacio appears as “Land’s End,” through its isolation from Corsica’s vast, arid limestone plateau. Your sightseeing of the Citadel and Old Genoese town is aboard a little train on wheels. It will first take you to the marine cemetery located high atop cliffs, affording impressive views over the Straits of Bonifacio to Sardinia, which lies approximately 7 miles away. Once in the heart of the old town, your exploration continues with a guided walk, through typical narrow streets. You will see wonderful sites around each corner with historic churches, monuments and curiosities dating back to the 16th century. After returning to the station on the little train, you will return by coach to Porto Vecchio.  

Please note: The little train is not wheelchair accessible. 

price $109
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Porto Vecchio, Coastal Drive & Sartene
Come face-to-face with Corsica’s resplendent scenic highlights on this overview traveling by comfortable motor coach.  You will take a 1¾-hour drive along the scenic west coast , with several stops en route including the great landmark – the Roccapina Lion. This mass of rose-colored granite has been weathered through time into the shape of a recumbent lion. You will then head toward Sartene, which has been dubbed the most “Corsican of Corsican towns.” It lies cradled on a promontory with impressive houses nestled into the rocks. Due to its coastal location, it was vulnerable to foreign invaders and its colorful history includes pirate attacks, battles against the Genoese occupiers in the Middle Ages and several vendettas in Corsican history. Following a guided walking tour of Sartene, you will have free time to browse before returning to the coach for the 1¾-hour drive back to Porto Vecchio.   

Please note: This tour involves traveling along winding roads. 

price $109
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Alghero, Italy



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Alghero Discovery
Discover why Sardinia is famed not only for its scenic beauty, but also its history dating back more than 3,000 years. Your sightseeing will begin with a 30-minute drive along the road linking the Gulfs of Alghero and Porto Conte to arrive at the archaeological site of Nuraghe Palmavera, with its 2-story stone towers. The main tower dates back to 1100 B.C., and features an irregular, elliptical-shaped fascia. The second tower is connected to a central courtyard. A defensive fortification surrounds the whole complex with four towers marking the boundary of an ancient village. You will then head to the scenic viewpoint of Capo Caccia, an excellent vantage point of sea and shore, before heading back to Alghero. As the Aragonese landed here during the 14th century, their Catalan influence remains vibrantly alive in Alghero’s streets, shops, language, lifestyle, food, and traditions. Your 1¼-hour guided walk will pass ancient monuments, old fortifications, historic buildings,and beautiful churches before concluding at the tender pier.  

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are suggested as there are cobblestone streets in Alghero.

price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

wine

walking

sightseeing
Alghero, A Taste of Sardinia
Your tour begins with a panoramic drive to Capo Caccia, a short distance from Alghero on the southern point of a huge limestone triangle that juts out into the sea. It is famous for the underground labyrinth of mysterious caves discovered in 1700. After a short stop to admire the impressive view, you will continue on to a local winemaker’s farmhouse for touring and wine tasting. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Alghero to discover the town’s churches in their fascinating Catalan-Gothic architecture, the towers and wall which surround the old town and the Aragon palaces overlooking the main square. Alghero was one of the most important towns in the history of Sardinia: the Aragonese landed here in 1353 and the Catalan influence is still felt in its streets, shops, language, food, and traditions. At the end of your tour, return to your waiting Windstar yacht.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes; portions of the walking tour in Alghero are over uneven cobblestones.


price $109
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

wine

sightseeing
Alghero, Bosa & Malvasia Tasting
Board your motor coach for the 75-minute drive to the charming town of Bosa, located at the mouth of the river Temo.  You will see the well-ordered streets, square, riverside promenade, and the Old Quarter. Bosa is the center of olive oil and wine production and is also famous for lace and filigrana jewelry and art. You will have free time to wander the streets of Bosa and possibly find a craft shop where these beautiful crafts are produced.  Rejoin your group for a Malvasia wine and cookies tasting.  Malvasia wine is produced in western Sardinia.  These grapes are used to produce white (and more rarely red) table wines, dessert and fortified wines. After your wine tasting, you will return to Alghero.          

Please note:  The road to Bosa is a winding one.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $109
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, City Sights
Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands and lies on the southeastern coast of Palma de Mallorca Island. A wealth of architectural highlights awaits you. Board your coach and travel to your first stop at the circle-shaped 14th century Bellver Castle, one of the world’s very few rounded castles and the only one of its type in Europe. Built in military-influenced Gothic style, it lies atop a hill affording expansive panoramic views over the city and surrounding countryside.  You will travel on to the handsome 13th century La Seu Cathedral, which presides over the city and is one of Europe’s finest examples of pure ecclesiastic Gothic architecture. After exploring the Cathedral’s interior you will view the exterior of the adjacent Almudaina Palace. This austere palace was originally an Arab fortress and later the palace of Majorcan kings. Before returning to the yacht you will stop to see the unique style and architectural engineering of the city’s famous bullring.

Please note: Comfortable shoes with rubber soles are recommended. There are approximately 100 steps from the coach parking area to the La Seu Cathedral. Spanish law requires that motor coach guest’s wear their seatbelts at all times while in vehicles that are so equipped. 


price $69
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Full Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Palma de Mallorca, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1549
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Full Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Palma de Mallorca, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1949
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Half Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Palma, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $929
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Half Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Palma, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.
 
price $999
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3.25 HRS

Moderate

snacks

culture

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Valldemosa & Chopin
A short motor coach drive past olive trees and local vegetation brings you to the quaint 14th century village of Valldemosa, located at the foot of the Northern Mountain Range. Its former royal residence, La Cartuja, is the first stop on your tour. The residence became a Carthusian monastery in the Middle Ages and your guide will show you the chapel, a pharmacy,and the monks’ library. Valldemosa’s shining moment was in 1838, when George Sand and Frederic Chopin came to live at the monastery. Their stay here is well documented and a collection of their furniture remains. George Sand later wrote a book about their time here, entitled “A Winter in Majorca.”  During free time, you will have the perfect opportunity to taste the typical sweets from Valldemosa called Coca de Patata, an individual sweet cake made with potatoes. The drive back to the ship will give you the opportunity to view the impressive cliffs to the north.

Please note: Comfortable shoes with rubber soles are recommended. Spanish law requires motor coach passengers to wear their seatbelts in vehicles that are so equipped. 


price $79
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Barcelona, Spain



3.25 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Barcelona Highlights Tour & Transfer
Setting out from the port by coach, you will find it easy to relax and enjoy this driving tour of Spain’s most fascinating city, Barcelona, a lovely Mediterranean stronghold of architectural interest. Your guide will point out all the highlights as the coach drives up Via Laietana en route to the Cathedral de la Santa Creu I Santa Eulalia. A guided tour within the 13th century cathedral, will give you the opportunity to admire the hall church interior, suitably impressive with a raised altar and the beautiful Chapel of Santa Lucía.  You will drive along one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, the Passeig de Gracia, lined with different Modernist buildings, many of which were designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Watch for Casa Batlló, an iconic Barcelona landmark and Casa Mila. Your next stop will be at one of Gaudí’s masterpieces – the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Church. This is a site not to be missed. Though construction was started in 1882 it is still unfinished. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most-visited building in Barcelona, and immediately identifies the city around the world. From here you’ll head up to the El Mirador Alcalde garden with the most exceptional views of Barcelona and its impressive harbor.

Please note: This tour will end either at the airport or at your Windstar hotel. This tour is available only to guests whose flights leave at 3:00 p.m. or later, or to guests staying overnight in Barcelona.  The Cathedral is closed to tours on Sundays. 


price $79
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4 HRS

Strenuous

wine

culture

walking
Barcelona Montserrat with Transfer
Your tour departs from the port to reach Montserrat, a peculiar rocky mountain range which is the site of the monastery where people come to worship “La Moreneta,” the black Madonna who is the patron-virgin of Catalonia.  The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century and is located in a natural park 37 miles west of Barcelona. Besides visiting the Benedictine Abbey Monastery, you will admire also the Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat that is worshiped at the shrine in the Monastery. The Benedictine community, now numbering some 80 monks, has served the shrine for almost 1,000 years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, to working and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a place for dialogue, prayer and culture. In addition to the monks, the escolans also live in Montserrat. They form the oldest boys choir in Europe ( and might be available during the visit). You will be given a tour of the monastery, sample the liquor that is made there and have some free time before taking the coach back to the airport/hotel.

Please note:  Comfortable shoes, water, a light jacket and a hat are recommended. There are downhill and uneven paths, plus cobblestones to walk over. There may be long lines to view the Black Virgin up close.  This excursion may operate in reverse. Access to the Basilica might be denied if mass is taking place. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter monastery. 

price $119
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Full Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1549
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Full Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1949
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Half Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $929
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Half Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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